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Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 23:26

Hard to know what to do next. The restaurant was still open for beer and sandwiches – at 0500! – so that was my first port of call, then a shower, and finally to my tent at 0600.  But I couldn’t sleep at all.  Visions of tussocky grass, bogs, and bracken kept going through my mind.  After tossing and turning for a couple of hours I decided to get up and have breakfast.  Their breakfasts are legendary – for £5.99 you have a very good full cooked breakfast, and all the trimmings such as juice, tea and coffee, cerials, toast, fresh and dried fruit which you can take and then keep going back for more.  I think I spent about an hour and a half eating and sharing stories with the other runners breakfasting.  The short course runners had finished in daylight and couldn’t seem to relate to what I was telling them.  In fact no-one seemed to have a story like mine at all.

I’m doing the short course next year, I’ve decided.

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 23:25

… onto a concrete farm track which led down to a tarmac lane, across the 500m-long Talybont dam, and down the long track to the Outdoor Centre.  I was sprinting.  Into the event field and into the marquee where I could finally stop.  23:49.  My slowest time ever, but a completion!!  An excellent medal and T-shirt.  I was in fact the last to finish before the cut-off so technically last in the race but two others came from goodness knows where and were allowed to finish in 24:02.

Advice on shoes for Snowdonia Marathon

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:37

There's just a short downhill wet grass section coming off the hill into Llanberis where some grip would be helpful, but definitely not worth trail shoes just for that.

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:08

Cheers, Moksha8.

Better get this finished.  I'm dragging it out.

I finally came to the stile that I predicted would be in the corner, having to cross through a waterfall first.  I looked at my watch.  19 minutes left and still some way to go but with no possibility of navigational errors – even for me.  The path descended steeply through woods beside a stream, through a couple of gates, over a stile on the right, and cut uphill across a field, over a stile and…

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:55

Following the wall was easier said than done.  There was no path whatsoever, the bracken seemed taller than ever, and the ground it was growing on contorted and virtually impossible to walk on.  My side of the wall there was a kind of rocky trench but it had a stream in it.  I somehow stumbled down this feature in a semi-delirious state, shouting out all sorts of things into the night air.  I repeatedly fell.  It was so hard to stay upright on this terrible terrain.  At one point I fell into a hollow on my back and like a stranded beetle with arms and legs waving in the air I couldn’t right myself for some moments.

My friends, the SNOD marathon never, ever gets as bad as this. 

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:54

I did find eventually find an old crumbling wall cutting right across my route and beyond it, a fence.  I had finally arrived at the bottom of the mountain and reached the edge of the forestry.  It was just a matter of turning left and following this wall down to the far corner where there would be a stile, and once over it not long until civilisation.

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:53

I suppose you want to find out what happened to me?  Couldn't have been too bad because I seem to be still here.

Here we go then ..

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:50

The LG - yes, but I think Capt. R F Scott and Co. had it somewhat harder than me! (I'm still a little puzzled why they didn't set out for that 11-mile journey to reach another cache of food, if their lives depended on it. I think they had got to completely empty and probably semi-conscious on their feet and unable to think clearly.)

brer - your original target a year or two back was to do 12 marathons in 12 months. What's happened to you?


Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 23:09

'I do not think I can hope for any better things now.  I shall stick it out to the end, but I am getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far.  It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more.'  T Rex

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 23:00

What would you have done? I set my compass on the bearing of the proper path so that at least I would be going in the right direction and hopefully come across the proper path at some point.  I didn’t deviate from the bearing and literally forced my way through the chest high bracken.  It was very hard getting through the stuff – it gets all tangled up near ground level and really hurts your shins.  And it was not as if the ground was nice and smooth under the bracken – there were hidden rocks, little crags, holes in the ground, and the ever-present pools of gurgling water.  Fortunately there were no brambles mixed in with the bracken – you have to be thankful for small mercies.  But I did have to go around the clumps of gorse.  My dear readers, I exaggerate not – I had to carry on like this for about 1½ miles.  Have you any idea what that’s like?   At 0400?  Yes, my time was running out.  I never did find the path, or indeed any path. Absolutely no headtorches to be seen in front of or behind me.

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